Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
By David Wilkerson
Here is one of the most quoted and oft-sung verses in all of God's Word: "Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You" (Psalm 63:3). You may ask, "What does it mean that his lovingkindness is better than life?”
The truth is, life is short. It fades like the grass, which is here one season and gone the next. Yet God's lovingkindness endures forever. A million years from now Jesus will be as tender and loving toward us as he is now. Others can take your life away from you, but they can't take away God's lovingkindness.
Consider this for a moment: God is not mad at you because of your failure. If you are ready to forsake your sin, you can be forgiven and restored at this very moment. The Word of God tells us that nothing can come between our Lord and us — no sin, no guilt, no condemning thought. You can say, "My life is a blessing to the Lord. I am able to rejoice and praise him. I am clean, free, forgiven, justified, sanctified, redeemed."
It does not matter how badly those around us have sinned. God still loves all. That is why he sent his Son. And we should be preaching it to the world!
David said, "I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly" (Psalm 40:10). That is his desire for all of us.
You have a loving, tender Father who cares about you. He has bottled every tear you have ever shed. He has seen your every need, known your every thought. And he loves you! If you could only grasp how tender he is toward you — how patient, caring, ready to forgive you and bless you — you would not be able to contain yourself. You would shout and praise until you had no voice left: "His lovingkindness is better than life!"